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Israeli Firm ‘STOIC’ Peddled Anti-BJP Rhetoric to Sway Voters? OpenAI Makes Shocking Revelation

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar has called for a thorough investigation, emphasizing the threat to democracy.



Israeli Firm 'STOIC' Peddled Anti-BJP Rhetoric to Sway Voters

A groundbreaking threat intelligence report by OpenAI has uncovered that an Israeli firm, STOIC, was involved in secretive operations aimed at influencing the Indian elections. The firm used advanced artificial intelligence models to generate and spread comments critical of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and supportive of the opposition Congress party. These activities were highlighted just days before the Lok Sabha poll results are to be announced.

OpenAI’s report indicates that these influence operations were flagged in May, focusing specifically on manipulating public opinion through social media platforms such as X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, Instagram, various websites, and YouTube. The report described how STOIC specialized in political campaign management and leveraged AI to create and disseminate content that misled and deceived the public about their identities and intentions.

Union Minister of Electronics and Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, responded strongly to the revelations. He asserted that the BJP was clearly targeted by these operations, which he described as a significant threat to democracy. Chandrasekhar called for a deep and thorough investigation, criticizing the timing of the disclosure and suggesting that the information should have been released earlier to mitigate its impact on the elections.

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In a related development, Meta reported the removal of several accounts, pages, and groups on Instagram that targeted the Sikh community. This network, traced back to China, posed as members of the Sikh community and created a fictitious activist movement named Operation K. The movement promoted pro-Sikh protests and used fake and compromised accounts to post content related to global Sikh issues, the pro-Khalistan movement, and the killing of terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada. Meta stated that these accounts often used images manipulated by photo editing tools or generated by AI.

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Meta emphasized their swift action in removing these activities to prevent them from gaining significant traction among genuine communities.

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